Published Thursday, 25 May, 2023 at 11:30 AM

Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

Almost $230,000 has been provided for 12 local and regional tourism organisation projects under a targeted program to support communities in disaster-prone areas of Queensland.

The projects are jointly funded by the Albanese and Palaszczuk Governments from the $7 million Tourism Recovery and Resilience Initiative under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). It is designed to help industry recover from the impacts of severe weather and build the long-term sustainability of the tourism industry in identified affected regions.

The 12 Tourism Industry Resilience Grants have been distributed across regions impacted by extraordinary disaster events in the 2021-22 financial year.

The successful projects are:

  • Gladstone Area Promotion and Developments Limited for its Gladstone Tourism Operators Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Lockyer Chamber of Commerce Industry and Tourism for its Floods to Flourish project
  • Southern Queensland Country Tourism for its Tourism Industry Resilience & Business Continuity Planning project
  • Gold Coast Tourism Corporation for Destination Gold Coast’s Crisis Communications Program
  • Roma Commerce and Tourism for its Valuing our Workforce project
  • Outback Queensland Tourism Association for its Balonne Shire Tourism Business Mentoring Program
  • Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism for its Building Tourism Industry Resilience in the Moreton Bay Region project
  • Fraser Coast Tourism and Events for its Fraser Coast Crisis Preparation Program
  • Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce for its Discovery Coast Tourism Resilience Project
  • Tourism Tropical North Queensland Limited for its Weatherproofing FNQ tourism businesses project
  • Straddie Chamber of Commerce for its Weathering the Risk project
  • Visit Sunshine Coast for its Sunshine Coast Disaster Ready project.

Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Murray Watt said the Albanese Government is pleased to work with the Palaszczuk Government to support disaster risk reduction, preparation and recovery projects to help promote and protect local tourism and business in Queensland.

“Too often we see disaster events having a terrible and lasting impact on areas that rely on tourism as their life blood,” Minister Watt said.

“This is why projects such as these are so valuable to assist disaster-prone local communities to become more resilient to the after-effects of destructive natural weather events.

“The grants will provide the tourism sector a welcome boost to help protect local business into the future.”          

Federal Minister for Tourism Don Farrell said that tourism is often seasonal, so when disasters do occur businesses in the visitor economy can be particularly hard hit.

“These grants will assist tourism businesses build resilience and develop strategies to help those impacts into the future.”

Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said 39 local government areas that rely heavily on tourism as a contributor to the local economy were impacted by the extraordinary disaster events in 2021-22.

“When natural disasters do unfortunately impact our tourism operators it’s important that we have their backs by providing these grants to help them build back better.

“Tourism operators in these affected areas are a resilient lot and will use these grants of up to $20,000 to build long-term sustainability in their areas.

“We are committed to supporting communities that have suffered from disasters. That’s why we are providing this money to support projects that will assist them to plan for and reduce the risks of future events.”

The Tourism Recovery and Resilience Initiative is part of a broader $177 million Economic Recovery package funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

More details on the grants program and the funded projects can be found here


Media Contacts

Minister Watt: Tali Eley 0499 770 772
Minister Hinchliffe: Bill Walker 0437 859 987